Shift Delivery

Shift is an ideal choice for moving your goods around downtown Vancouver.

Services

Here's what we can do for you.

Delivery

Shift takes care of your deliveries with our unique cargo tricycles.

Fast & Reliable- With access to bike lanes and the ability to park and unload virtually anywhere, our trikes can bypass congestion and ensure timely delivery.

Exceptional Service- At Shift, every employee has the opportunity to share ownership in the business. As owners, we take personal care with each package and offer exceptional service to you and your customers.

Take a Load Off- We manage the hassle of coordinating deliveries, so you and your team can focus on what you do best.

Our trikes can haul a substantial capacity - up to 75 cubic feet and 500lbs, or about the same load as a mid-size SUV. We can deliver a diverse range of products including office supplies, produce, clothing, baked goods, meats, electronics, and much more.

Want more information? You can reach us at info@shift.coop

Advertising & Promotions

Our unique and eye-catching trikes offer the ideal platform for well targeted advertising and promotional campaigns. We reach audiences throughout downtown and the surrounding neighbourhoods, and can park easily in high traffic areas. We operate in the busy downtown core seven days a week, with frequent exposure to many of the busiest shopping streets, tourist desinations, and business districts.

What we offer:

Mobile Advertising- Trike panel display during our regular delivery runs in Downtown Vancouver. We offer campaigns between one week and six months, with pricing comparable to bus shelter ads.

Full Service Promotions- We adapt our trike fleet and train our staff to actively promote your product or brand to the target audience of your choice.

Special Event Partnerships- Get noticed at public events with Shift tricycles! Our trikes can help with event logistics, and we also offer promotional services at special events.

Interested in booking an advertising or promotional campaign with us? You can find out more with a quick email to ads@shift.coop

Testimonials

"Mills Office Productivity and Shift have been working partners for 2.5 years. In this time, we have developed an amazing relationship with every person involved, generating personal and business benefits along the way. We have enjoyed the personal feel they bring to our Mills Family and their commitment to our customer service and delivery is a big part of our company’s success. Mills continues to support Shift and we look forward to another amazing 2.5 years and beyond."
- Tony King, Deliveries Manager, Mills Basics

"Since the first day Shift showed up, I've been impressed with their entire team's work ethic. Rain or Shine they are always wearing a smile and making Foodee deliveries. Every time I ask for something more, they step up and fulfill my needs."
- Wayne Webb, Logistics Manager, Food.ee

Vision

We are committed to...

Transforming the delivery industry and strengthening the local economy.

Our Clients

We are committed to nurturing relationships with our clients and their customers at every opportunity.

We offer delivery clients the opportunity to focus on their core business and let us handle the hassle of delivery logistics in the congested core.

Our trikes bring unique and focused attention to the products and brands of our advertising & promotional clients.

Our Community

We improve the urban environment by replacing noisy, polluting trucks with quiet, low-impact trikes and friendly trikers.

Our trikes use pedal power and an ultra-efficient electric assist motor. We generate zero tailpipe emissions and each trike uses less electricity in a year than a typical household dryer.

In our first three years of operations, we have:

  • Made 40,586 deliveries
  • Travelled 50,480 kilometers
  • Prevented 22,300kg of harmful CO2 pollution
  • Transported over 300 tonnes of goods for our clients

Our Workers

We are structured as a worker co-operative, which means that our staff democratically own and operate Shift together.

We offer meaningful and empowering work with professional and personal development opportunities.

We are proud advocates of the co-op business model. Whether you wish to join our team or start your own co-op, we would love to chat with you!

Emissions Calculator

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Team

Nice to meet you! 

Our Story

Shift was founded by a group of young, passionate students who came together with a shared vision to reduce the impact of goods movement and to create empowering green jobs. We launched in August, 2011.

Team Profiles

Ben
Ben Wells
Ben usually delivers for Mills, Food.ee, and Save-on Meats.
 
What he bring to Shift: A huge smile, organizational savvy, and a love for dealing with people of all stripes.
What Shift brings to him: A sense of pride in helping to improve his local community, smiles and waves from children, the chance to continually grow his leadership skills and serve his co-workers.
 
Ben has lived in Vancouver for three years, and loves to garden, cycle (clearly!), hang out with his niece, relax on Wreck beach, make zentangles, and stalk auctions, craigslist, and estate sales.
 
Faves: East Side Culture Crawl, persuasive arguments, playing on/in/near water.
Bonus: @mrbenwells on Twitter

 

Brian
Brian Osterlin
Brian usually delivers for Mills.
 
What he bring to Shift: Classy courtesy on the road and exceptional customer service/relations plus an awesome sense of humor.
What Shift brings to him: A trip through an international downtown every week: he can see so many people keeping this whole province moving, from shoe stores to big law firms.
 
Brian has a background in sustainable design and construction and has travelled or lived in more than a dozen different countries.
 
Faves:  Eating great food and playing sloppy music.
 
Danielle
Danielle Szredni
Danielle usually delivers for Mills, Save-on Meats, Local Garden, Close to Home Organics, and Glorious Organics.
 
What she brings to Shift: Energy, survival techniques and a smile.
What Shift brings to her: The advantage of working outside and an opportunity to learn.
 
Danielle grew up in Vancouver and enjoys the outdoors.
 
Bonus: laughingcrowwildernessskills.com

 

Graham
Graham Anderson
Graham usually delivers for Mills and Save-on Meats.
 
What he brings to Shift: Passion for working with people and making good things happen.
What Shift brings to him: The opportunity to meet many amazing and inspiring people in Vancouver. So many lessons in how to achieve change through business.
 
Graham has enjoyed living in Vancouver for more than six years. He initially moved here to study Economics and Sustainable Community Development at SFU.
 
Faves: Dance Parties, Bike Rides, Ocean Swims, and East Van.
Bonus: @Graham_Vancity on Twitter

 

Moriah
Moriah Inkster
Moriah usually delivers for Spud and Mills.
                               
What she brings to Shift: a passion for cycling, revolutionary ideas and an interest in efficiency.
What Shift brings to her: an opportunity to work and learn in an alternative approach to business and gain a community of friends who share sustainable values.
 
Small town sunshine coast girl living in the "big" city, interested in making community through urban farming, outdoor exploring, eco-activism, open sourcing. When she’s not triking, studying, or making delicious dinners, you can find her attempting DIY projects from natural health remedies to arduino controlled devices.
 
Faves: Mt Pleasant community, gardening, dancing to Synth Pop.
Bonus: Moriah used to be in a family band who played Beach Boy covers. 
Pedram on a trike
Pedram Arang

Pedram usually delivers for Shirtland.

What he brings to Shift: Support for everything Shift stands for, plus accounting and financial smarts.
What Shift brings to him: The satisfaction of knowing that he is contributing to something good happening in our city, a sense of community, and a chance to connect with like-minded people.

Pedram graduated with a BA in Political Science and Sustainable Development. Before joining Shift his main focus was on food and local agriculture, but working with Shift introduced him to the world of active transportation and he has been attached to his bike ever since.

Faves: Commercial Drive neighbourhood - though relocated, his heart is still there. Enjoying his recent West End experience as well. Pedram loves the holidays especially Thanksgiving, when he prepares a giant feast for 40 people, and Norouz which is the Persian new year celebrated on the Spring Equinox. He likes rustic and ethnic food from a grandmother's kitchen. 

Robyn
Robyn Ashwell
Robyn usually delivers for SPUD, Mills Basics, Food.ee and Save-on Meats.
 
What she brings to Shift: Strong legs and a love for being outdoors, enthusiasm for policy, strategy and collaboration, passion for co-op models and community building!
What Shift brings to her: Pride in co-ownership, satisfaction in creative and challenging work, inspiration from community support and teamwork.
 
During her degree at SFU, Robyn helped write the original business plan for Shift, and since then she has been dedicated to making Shift as resilient, organized and impactful as possible. Robyn also loves to play soccer, volleyball and board games; to go hiking, ski touring and bike riding; and to do art projects and spend time with her family and friends.
 
Faves: Harvesting food, talking about politics, hanging clothes up outside, and heading for the mountains.   
Bonus: Robyn helps take care of a traffic circle in East Van, participated in Next Up leadership program, plays for West Coast FC in the Metro Van Women's Soccer League and is fluent in French.  

 

Trike Profiles

Gasless Jack
Lady Electra of Strathcona
Lady Electra
Coastal Thunder
Salish Sidewinder
Salish Sidewinder
Shaky Shirley
Shaky Shirley

Alumni Members

Kevin Cooper

Name: Kevin Cooper

What I brought to Shift: A big smile, an entrepreneurial spirit, and solid experience delivering fresh produce with cargo bikes
What Shift offered me: A chance to work with an amazing team of people in realizing our shared vision for safer, cleaner, and friendlier downtown streets
What I'm doing now: Kevin is living it up in Toronto, making beer and growing melons.  When he's not meeting with his local Councillor about bike issues, Kevin is working at the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation developing a 470km rural cycle route that wraps around Lake Ontario.

Loretta Laurin

What I brought to Shift: As one of the original founders of Shift, I contributed to the very first conceptual conversations that informed our original business plan, and eventually, our incorporation and launch! I was involved in everything from Org Dev, to HR, to Biz Dev and Marketing, and all the random things in between. I made the very first phone calls and sealed the deal with our first and biggest client, Mills Basics; and I executed a brilliant media release strategy for our launch! I co-designed this website (beautiful, isn’t it?); and as organization and formatting queen, I also helped lay down the foundation for many systems. My biggest contributions are the heart and care I brought to every single interaction, working from a place of passion for the co-operative model and deep care for the whole team at Shift. As one of my co-workers said, I “brought the heart and soul to Shift.”

What Shift offered me: The experience of starting up an innovative, values-based business with a bunch of people I love is just irreplaceable! I gained skills and confidence in all areas of my work, and can now confidently call myself an experienced entrepreneur. I was given many great learning opportunities, such as HR workshops, and I got to know a number of brilliant minds in the social enterprise scene. My experience at Shift deeply challenged me in wonderful ways, allowed me to grow as a person, and showed me what my greatest strengths are. I am so grateful for the support and encouragement I received from my team throughout it all!

What I'm doing now: I am pursuing my passion for “people” as a Holistic Embodiment Facilitator (in training). My goal is to facilitate the growth of healthy, balanced individuals and communities through the innovative integration of physical movement and deep, effective communication. I especially seek to empower social and environmental movements through the personal and inter-personal empowerment of the people and communities behind them (through the use of full embodiment systems). I currently teach a number of fusion fitness classes, but I am also exploring specialized workshops, intentional dance event organization, embodied counselling, and building networks in this field. I am in an exploration phase and will be doing some traveling, and eventually may take my Masters in Somatic Psychology. Connect with me at: www.facebook.com/EmpoweredBodies

Working with Shift

Shift is currently seeking a strong, reliable and quick-thinking triker to join our delivery team.

We are reviewing applications as they come in, and will hire the right person immediately, so please apply as soon as possible!

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Partners

We'd like to introduce you to our partners!

Delivery Partners

SPUD

SPUD is an online grocery company that delivers local and organic groceries to your doorstep.

You want to eat sustainably. You’re also busy, and have better things to do than sift through hundreds of products at a grocery store. We make it easier. 

Not only do your groceries come to you at the click of a button, you can also rest assured that you're getting products of the highest quality. All of our products are either certified organic, natural, or locally and sustainably made. We’ve got incredibly high standards for the food that we sell, which is why we have a 100% satisfaction guarantee!

We believe that getting local, organic food delivered to your doorstep is one of the easiest and most powerful ways that we can promote sustainability, improve health, protect the environment, and ultimately, change the world. Shopping with SPUD helps you make a big impact by simply buying groceries.

Curious to know more? Come visit our website, or read more about our commitment to sustainability at B Corp.

Partnering with Shift is a natural fit for us. We’re proud to be supporting their innovative and earth friendly human-powered transportation!

Foodee

Foodee seeks to solve the problems faced at corporate lunch hour: variety, timing and waste. The company has partnered with Vancouver’s premier chefs to provide offices with the very best of the city’s colourful culinary scene. Among their exclusive offerings: Meat and Bread, Vij’s Railway, Tacofino, Cork and Fin and many other high-end restaurants.

The offering also pays attention to dietary restrictions and allergies, with carefully curated menus that satisfy the carnivore and vegan alike.

“Great teams eat together,” states Ryan Spong, CEO. “At Foodee we bring quality food to offices and reduce waste.” 

Through Foodee’s proprietary software platform, it can provide real-time updates of driver locations, communicate directly with suppliers and delivery staff and provide instantaneous, customized invoicing for accounting departments. This new level of premium lunch service matches Foodee’s corporate client requirements for on-time, accurate and delicious meals – every time.

Since it's opened, Foodee has served more than 60,000 meals and currently has an accuracy and timeliness rate over 99.5%. Foodee is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, and can be reached after hours online

Mills Basics

Mills Office Productivity is a B.C. based dealer of Business Supplies and Educational Products. This family company was established in 1949 has been using business as a force of good by being a changemaker in the community through positive practices of Sustainability, Local Procurement and Corporate Social Responsibility.

At Mills, environmental leadership is a priority and a long-standing tradition. By working closely with its family of customers, employees and suppliers, the company brings to life a vision of environmental responsibility and care that encourages and supports sustainable practices in Office Productivity.

Mills Social Responsibility Management Practices are based on the principle that businesses have an important role to play in addressing the social interests and sustainable development goals of their community.

Save On Meats

First, a little bit about what we do and who we are. Save On Meats is owned and operated by local entrepreneur, Mark Brand, who is restaurateur in Gastown. He loved the old Save On Meats and when it shut vowed to save the space. A lot of planning and renovating (as well as sweat and tears) has gone into the building over the last couple of years. Some of you may have even caught some of these efforts on OWN with their docu-series ‘Gastown Gamble’ which follows Mark and his team as they work to first open and then maintain this massive business.

The new Save On Meats was built to serve our entire city, regardless of neighborhood, income or budget. Our full service butcher shop is one of the most well known in the city boasting an extensive range of house made burgers, sausages and pates as well as free run and organic meats, fresh baked bread and every day deals on essential groceries. After only 8 months in business our shop was recently awarded ‘Bronze for Best Butcher in The City’ in the Westender, Georgia Straight and The Courier!

Our diner next door is a day and night affair serving all of the comfort foods typically found at the classic lunch counters that used to line Hastings Street from Burrard to Boundary. From the all day breakfasts to hand spun milkshakes we keep it simple, affordable and delicious. You may recognize the room from a recent episode of ‘Diner’s Drive Ins and Dive’ on Food Network with Guy Fieri – he sure does love our smoked turkey potpie!

Save On Meats is dedicated to being a strong community partner, and a supportive neighbor to those who reside in the Downtown Eastside. We take pride in being a socially responsible enterprise acting as an inclusive establishment, catering to the diverse needs of the community in which it is located.

Close to Home Organics

Close to Home Organics is a family farm business in Abbotsford that grows an array of certified organic, seasonal vegetables and fruit. We sell through a Community Shared Agriculture program, farmers markets and select restaurants. Our guiding philosophy is that the healthiest, most flavorful and environmentally sustainable food is grown close to home.
 

Glorious Organics

Glorious Organics Cooperative is a farming enterprise, situated on seven acres of cultivated land, in Aldergrove, BC. We are co-owned and operated by five members – with additional seasonal workers we employ approximately 12 people at the height of our growing season.

Thirty years of experience show that only field greens, challenged by the stress and diversity of outdoor conditions, develop the full character, robust flavour, and long shelf life that characterize our seasonal salad mixes.

We grow more than 30 varieties of salad greens, most vegetables that you know – a few you may not – and some fruit and berries. With seven polyhouses used to start bedding plants, we also extend the shoulder seasons, grow edible flower petals, and protect over-wintering perennial herbs.

Our goal as part of the local food movement is to serve about 15 discerning restaurants, as well as individual customers. You can find us at the Trout Lake, Kitsilano, and Langley Farmers Markets under the Organic Farm Connection awning, or sign up as a Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) member to receive weekly boxes of seasonal produce. We also have farmgate sales on Sundays during the summer.

For more information please visit www.gloriousorganics.com.

HAVE Cafe

Hope Actions Values Ethics Culinary Training Society (HAVE) is a provincially registered non­ profit  charitable  society  located  in  Vancouver's  Downtown  Eastside.  Our  mission  is  to  train Vancouver  and  Lower  Mainland  residents  who  face  employment  barriers  to  work  in  the foodservice industry. We create job opportunities through skill development and intensive training. These  employment  barriers  include:  mental  and  physical  disability,  mental  health  issues, homelessness,  age,  language  barriers,  addiction  or  dependency  issues,  and most  of  all,  poverty. Our  program  takes  an,  individualistic  approach  and  includes student  counselling  and  life skills coaching.

HAVE opened in 2007 and since then we have trained more nearly 600 students, 75% of whom have successfully gained employment; many of whom are still in the industry while others having moved on to other jobs. Over 100 students have graduated from the program in 2013 alone. Our students  receive  on­the­job  training  by  preparing  food  for  our  HAVE  Cafe,  on­site  catering(including  preparing  contract  shelter  meals),  and  Bites  on  Bikes  lunch  delivery  service.  All proceeds from these initiatives go back into funding our student programs.

Shirtland Drycleaning

Shirtland Dry Cleaners has been operating in Vancouver, British Columbia for over 50 years. We are Vancouver’s Eco Friendly Dry Cleaning specialists. We provide total garment care through services such as Alterations and Tailoring, Platinum Shirt Service and cleaning for Bedding and Table Linens.

We have a strong end-to-end commitment to environmental stewardship. From our cleaning to our packaging, we are industry leaders in the usage of environmentally friendly technology.

With our logistics partner, Shift, we offer a convenient and free pick up and delivery service to your office twice weekly.  Corporate discounts are available.
 
 

Funders & Supporters

Vancouver Foundation

The Vancouver Foundation is a community foundation. They devote their time, energy, money and resources to help build more vibrant, healthy and resilient communities across B.C.

The Vancouver Foundation provided one of the first major grants for Shift to launch operations in 2011 through the Generation Green Awards program.

Hub

HUB: Your Cycling Connection & Shift have worked together since 2011 to make cycling an attractive choice for everyone.HUB is a charitable non-profit helping to improve cycling in Metro Vancouver through education, action and events. More people cycling means healthier, happier, more connected communities. For more info, visit bikehub.ca.
 

BCIT Student Innovation Challenge

BCIT’s Student Innovation Challenge is an annual innovation contest aimed at providing funding, support, and encouragement to BCIT students who have big ideas. Grace Soo, one of our co-founders, won the BCIT Student Innovation Challenge in 2011 for her role in launching Shift Delivery.

Radius

RADIUS is a social innovation lab and venture incubator based at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University. Formed to enable SFU's leadership in building the new economy, RADIUS works to strengthen impact focused businesses and the ecosystem that supports them, develop and test new ideas for an economy that prioritizes people and planet, and build a pipeline of emerging social economy leaders with real world experience. Shift is a participating venture in the 2014 Radius cohort program.

The Co-operators

The Co-operators is a Canadian-owned co-operative that provides insurance and financial services. The Co-operators Foundation has provided Shift with grant funding in 2012 & 2013 to support marketing and promotional activities, including the development of this website.

Coast Capital Savings Innovation Hub

The Coast Capital Savings Innovation Hub offers a dynamic space to accelerate social venture growth by bringing together university resources, peer learning, and business networks. The program is defined by its passionate community and collaborative environment. Shift was one of the selected ventures participating the 2013 Innovation Hub program.

Vancity

Vancity is a values-based financial co-operative serving the needs of 492,000 members and their communities.

Vancity has offered a range of financial support and other resources for the growth and development of Shift, including financing, grant funding and strategic and technical support from Vancity staff. A case study on Shift can also be found on the Vancity website.

City of Vancouver

The City of Vancouver's goal to become the Greenest City in the world served as part of the inspiration to launch Shift. We are grateful to have received support from the Greenest City Grant program in both 2011 and 2012.

Media

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Videos

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Media Inquiries

For media inquires, please email info@shift.coop.

Contact

We’d love to hear from you! 

info@shift.coop
778-383-7245